MANCHESTER UNITED have been handed a boost after Mario Mandzukic slashed his £300,000-a-week wage demands in half.
The Juventus star is wanted by the Red Devils in a £10million January deal, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate for a striker.
The 33-year-old was on the brink of an Old Trafford switch in the summer, but it collapsed over his salary.
But Mandzukic wants to move to United, and will now take around £150,000-a-week to make that happen.
The Croatian ace also has offers from Qatar, which he is happy to reject in favour of the Premier League.
He was close to a deadline day transfer in August to replace Romelu Lukaku, who joined Inter Milan for £75m.
An Old Trafford source said: “His reps have been in contact and are willing to change their demands.
“There will be other bonuses factored into the deal. It looks like one that could get done now.
“Ole has long been an admirer of him and he is someone we have wanted for a number of years.
“His experience could prove vital for the younger players in the squad. He is also a proven goalscorer.”
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It is understood Solskjaer is looking to add TWO forwards in the January transfer window, with his options limited at present.
United have told him he will be backed with funds in the market to improve his ageing and lacking side.
He has also been assured by chief exec Ed Woodward he is not facing the axe, despite a poor start to the season.